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ERIC Number: ED496310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
A Distributed Leadership Perspective on How Leaders Use Artifacts to Create Professional Community in Schools. WCER Working Paper No. 2006-4
Halverson, Richardson
Wisconsin Center for Education Research (NJ1)
This paper explores a distributed leadership perspective on how leaders create contexts that build and support professional communities in schools. It is argued that professional community results from intentional coordination of social interaction among teachers through the design of structures in a situation of practice. School leaders put these structures, or artifacts, into play to intentionally shape professional community in schools. The paper draws on three research studies on distributed leadership in urban, suburban, and rural school districts to describe the range of artifacts used by leaders to engage in school-wide reform. The main contribution of the paper is a typology of artifacts used by school leaders to get change started, maintain change, and coherently link change efforts with other initiatives in schools. [The research reported in this paper was also funded by the DeWitt Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. School of Education and Social Policy.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A